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Today's lineups

Livan Hernandez will try to halt the Nationals' three-game losing streak against Aaron Harang, who is keeping alive his seemingly perpetual streak of owning one of the league's highest ERAs -- he's at 5.48 right now.

Here's a good, and telling, note from the Nationals game notes: 22 of their last 29 games have been decided by two runs or one run. The Nationas have a major league-high 33 one- or two-run games this year -- and the Reds are second with 31. So buckle up for the next three days.

Nationals
1. Cristian Guzman, 2B
2. Nyjer Morgan, CF
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, 1B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Roger Bernadina, RF
7. Ian Desmond, SS
8. Wil Nieves, C
9. Livan Hernanez, SP

Reds
1. Orlando Cabrera, SS
2. Brandon Phillips, 2B
3. Joey Votto, 1B
4. Scott Rolen, 3B
5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. Jonny Gomes, LF
7. Drew Stubbs, CF
8. Carlos Hernandez, C
9. Aaron Harang, SP

By Adam Kilgore  |  June 4, 2010; 3:11 PM ET
 
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Comments

Nieves should take a permanent seat. Why Maldonado isn't in there I have no idea. Oh and how many swinging Ks for Dunn tonight? When you're constantly digging out of holes that those two guys put you in, man makes life tough.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 4, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Who do we take in the "Pick 3 (errors)" Lottery tonight?

Posted by: TimDz | June 4, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Joey Votto. Adam Dunn. One swing can change a series. Who will own it? Nationals, Reds, on MASN and MASN HD. Lol.

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | June 4, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, Cabrerra
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Who do we take in the "Pick 3 (errors)" Lottery tonight?

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Posted by: lowcountry | June 4, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Agree on Moldonado. Better catcher. Better hitter. Calls a better game behind the plate. Better arm. Why is Nieves ahead of him?

And, oh yes, more Guzman! That bases empty single with two outs in the third inning will surely compensate for the failure to run after a routine ball inthe field or a key error at a key time. After all, he's near the league leaders in hitting!

Posted by: raymitten | June 4, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Who will be struck by lightning tonight and will it have positive or adverse effects to that person?

Except an angry crowd with all the people who didn't really want to be there but thought it was Strasburg night...LOL

http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=124

Posted by: CJArlington | June 4, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

raymitten: damn dude did Guz steal your girl? you are all over him, Desmond made three errors wed.night that put the game out of reach the game thurs. was on Riggleman, Guzman had no business in RF end of story if Riggleman backs off of some of those double switch's the team is better for it.

Posted by: dargregmag | June 4, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

That bases empty single with two outs in the third inning will surely compensate for the failure to run after a routine ball in the field or a key error at a key time.

Posted by: raymitten | June 4, 2010 3:49 PM

Or the go ahead single in the top of the 9th? Guzman is fine in the lineup, as long as he's platooning at 2B with Kennedy and SS with Desmond. His error was awful yesterday, but he has no business in right field and the fact that he is being asked to play there is not his fault.

Posted by: Kev29 | June 4, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

is ramon hernandez catching, or did the reds get a new player when i wasn't looking

Posted by: josh19 | June 4, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Except an angry crowd with all the people who didn't really want to be there but thought it was Strasburg night...LOL

http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=124

Posted by: CJArlington
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Yeah, this could be an interesting night – paid attendance versus no-shows could be some sort of record. Not sure anyone even tracks that stuff. Steinberg will probably be on it.

Posted by: gonatsgo1 | June 4, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

That bases empty single with two outs in the third inning will surely compensate for the failure to run after a routine ball inthe field or a key error at a key time. After all, he's near the league leaders in hitting!

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Kev and dargregmag beat me to it. Without Guzman, there was no save to blow. The Guzzie giveth and the Guzzie taketh away!

Posted by: Section506 | June 4, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Dargreg and Kev, etc. beat me to it but I'll chime in anyway:

Guz haters, can't you build a case against the man you love to hate without distorting or ignoring the evidence? You bring more shame on yourselves than the man you come to bury.

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | June 4, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I am less worried about the Dunn swinging Ks than his Ks caught looking (especially with RISP -- this has gotten ridiculous!)

On my way to the "sell-out" park tonight and curious how many butts in the seats? Even on a Friday night, the craigslist postings are taking half-price on many tickets.

This weekend's weather forecasts are like last year and 2008 at Nats Ark -- scattered t-storms daily in these hot muggy afternoons! With both these teams unable to put away teams, it is critical to get ahead early in anticipation of rain delays, whenever they may happen.

Funny enough, if this was Strasburg's debut, with possible showers tonight, his "Rain Man" moniker would still apply in the big leagues!

Have a great night everyone! Nats - turn it around and wipe off the last 3 ugly last inning losses!

Posted by: mo_dc | June 4, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

506, you can recycle my lines anytime ;-) .

Posted by: bertbkatz | June 4, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

We'll just quote Mr. Zuckerman here:

"But over the course of that road trip, Guzman was only 7-for-37 at the plate, with one RBI and zero walks. His average is now down to .313, his on-base percentage to .337 and his OPS to .728.

... And it's better than Adam Kennedy has posted as the other second baseman. Kennedy's hitting just .239 with a .318 on-base percentage and a .654 OPS.

But Guzman's also killing the Nats in the field. Though he had committed only two errors prior to yesterday's three-error fiasco, he wasn't getting to nearly as many balls as Kennedy at second base, Desmond at shortstop or all the other guys in right field. Guzman's Ultimate Zone Rating at second base is -0.8 (Kennedy's is 1.1). Guzman's UZR at shortstop is 0.5 (Desmond's is 3.8). His sample size in right field is too small to make a reasonable comparison.

So what's the answer? Guzman needs to take a seat a bit more often. While he's a better offensive player than Kennedy and probably should get the majority of starts at second base, he shouldn't be out there every single day. And he should be replaced for defense late, no matter what position he plays."

Guz plays way more than he should. He is not a better athlete than Morse or Desmond. He is also older. He should have been rested today just as Riggleman would have done with Desmond. He has even done so with Dunn for criminie's sake? WTF? Is he that special? I don't think so people.

Posted by: periculum | June 4, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Everyone seems to forget that the little bloop in the ninth was after Mike Morse (who has not had many at bats???) hit a clutch single to get on board in his single at bat raising his average to .300. This was followed with Willie Harris hitting a clutch triple that took a weird bounce. All with 2 outs.

Guzman giveth and Guzman taketh away because he is playing way more than he should be!!! He had definitely slowed down he is not as fast as Riggleman seems to think. He is almost a DH now. He never walks. His lifetime OBP is just over .300. He is a singles hitter almost exclusive now.

He probably won't be here next year? What is the purpose of making him a regular given his recent hitting woes and inability to get walks? Hasn't that help lead the Nationals to 3 games under .500 from 5 above?

Posted by: periculum | June 4, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Who are the Nationas?

Posted by: KilgoreNeedsACopyEditor | June 5, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

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